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Ovid Searching Tips


Ovid is more than a Roman poet – it is a database interface with powerful search tools you can access through the OHSU Library.  Ovid at OHSU provides access to multiple databases, hundreds of books, links to thousands of journals and, ultimately, countless answers to your questions.  You can link to Ovid through the main page of the library.  Simply look under the “Articles and Databases” subheading, select MEDLINE (Ovid) and you are on your way!

Quick Tip #1:  You can create an individual account to save your searches.  Click on My Account to set up your login and password.  Saved searches can be accessed and rerun at a later date to provide you with the most up-to-date information.

Quick Tip #2: For information on a selected term, click on the “Scope Note” (a blue circle with a lower case “I”).  It will display detailed information on the topic, including a description of the scope of the topic, when it was first introduced as a search term, and related search terms.  Click on the “Previous Page” link to return to your list of search terms.

Quick Tip #3: If you ever need help, click on the “Ask an OHSU Librarian” link at the upper right hand corner of the screen.  A reference librarian will be happy to answer any question you may have about Ovid, database searches or the library.

If you have questions about Ovid or any of the other free resources available at the library, please contact an OHSU Librarian at

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